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Xiaoquan Elementary School / TAO - Trace Architecture Office

  • 01:00 - 9 February, 2012
Xiaoquan Elementary School / TAO - Trace Architecture Office
Xiaoquan Elementary School / TAO - Trace Architecture Office, © Yao Li
© Yao Li

© Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li © Yao Li +24

  • Architects

  • Location

    China, Sichuan Province, Xiaoquan town
  • Architect in Charge

    HUA Li
  • Design Team

    HUA Li, Zhu Zhiyuan, Jiang Nan, Li Guofa, Kong Desheng
  • Construction Cost

    RMB 14 Million
  • Area

    8900.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. The old XiaoQuan Elementary School was severely damaged during the catastrophic 5.12 Sichuan earthquake in 2008 and was demolished afterwards. Supported by donations from several sponsors, the project is to build new school in the center of Xiaoquan old town. The program consists of main classroom buildings, classrooms for various activities, teacher’s office, student dormitory buildings, and dining hall. The new school will host more than 900 students.

© Yao Li
© Yao Li

The design is conceived as a cluster of small buildings to create a micro-city like campus. The fragmentary instead of unified building composition creates many urban like place such us streets, plazas, courtyards, and steps at various scales. These places are intended to encourage diversified and spontaneous activities of children. Small-scale playful corners and labyrinth like space as passage and playground are created to provoke children’s curiosity and imagination. Through this, we also intend to continue the urban space memory of Xiaoquan town in the school building, so as to avoid completely losing the continuity of urban fabric during rebuilding process after earthquake.

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The design responds to Sichuan's hot and humid climate. Sunshade device, natural ventilation and heat reduction are important elements considered in design. We also explore to maximize the use of local resource and craftsmanship which can be acquired. Local materials such as wood, brick and bamboo are used for windows, walls, and ceilings. The recycled bricks from earthquake are used in pavement. Cast-in-situ concrete are used for exposed structure. The construction is completely done by a local contractor. The construction cost is well controlled within the economical budget of RMB 1,500 yuan per square meter.

© Yao Li
© Yao Li
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Dominic Baldemor · March 18, 2012

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Q-Architecture · February 18, 2012

Beautiful form! The nooks and crannies are great for kids. We&#39d add more green and softscape for play area.... http://t.co/TRiFV9RP

Q Architecture · February 18, 2012

Beautiful form! The nooks and crannies are great for kids. We'd add more green and softscape for play area. Children are especially attracted to texture and love to physically experience things. Plants, water, are natural materials that will stimulate their rapidly growing brains!

Q-Architecture · February 18, 2012

Beautiful form! The nooks and crannies are great for kids. We'd add more green and softscape for play area. Children are especially attracted to texture and love to physically experience things. Plants, water, are natural materials that will stimulate their rapidly growing brains!

Q-Architecture · February 17, 2012
James Lemanis · February 13, 2012

Quite a brutalist school but it was done for the equivalent of £157/sqm! (Don&#39t tell British contractors)
http://t.co/a7rbeCop
#architecture

Centor4 · February 13, 2012

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Priyanka Bista · February 12, 2012

Bamboo, black brick, concrete and light: a monumental arcade connects elementary classrooms, poetically. http://t.co/hoFa9vN2 via @archdaily

Guillermo Ortiz · February 11, 2012

así deberían ser las escuelas en Mexico ! http://t.co/b3qYutQ2

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hlg · February 09, 2012

beautiful and raw. I feel like it could not have been done anywhere else. the US would never allow a raw concrete school, much less even a decorative water feature in a school anymore...

Erik Joya · February 09, 2012

Xiaoquan Elementary School / TAO: © Yao Li Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA… http://t.co/bz1JYyO9

godryk · February 09, 2012

I like it as it challenges our western view of what a school should be.

Even though the dark gray atmosphere doesn't match what we understand as a project for childrem we have to admit that this a magic place full of a different spaces, corners, rooms, shapes, levels and materials. Seems like a very fun place to be during recess time, at least much better place than a safe and closed cage made of colourful rubber...

An the plans are beautiful.

Azhar · February 09, 2012

School With kids,

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